Navy Collaborates with Industry to Double Dock Destroyers

October 11, 2019 – Southwest Regional Maintenance Center (SWRMC) supported the double docking of USS Stethem (DDG 63) and USS Decatur (DDG 73) in BAE Systems – Ship Repair’s dry dock, the Pride of California, on Oct. 8. “The double docking effort by Industry and the Navy team is a great example of increasing agility with resources available,” said James Geurts, assistant secretary of the Navy for research, development and acquisition. “The concept of double docking Stethem and Decatur can pay long-term dividends to our maintenance planning, strategies and execution…

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BAE Systems’ San Diego Shipyard to Tandem Drydock Two Destroyers

September 18, 2019 – BAE Systems has received $170.7 million in contracts from the U.S. Navy to perform simultaneous maintenance and repair on two Arleigh Burke-class (DDG 51) guided-missile destroyers in its San Diego shipyard. Under the awarded contracts, the shipyard will tandem dry-dock the USS Stethem (DDG 63) and USS Decatur (DDG 73) in October. The synchronized two-ship docking will be a first for the company’s newest dry-dock in San Diego. The contracts include options that, if exercised, would bring the cumulative value to $185 million. “The ability to…

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US Navy Contract Announcements September 17, 2019

BAE Systems San Diego Ship Repair (BAE), San Diego, California, was awarded an $86,117,104 firm-fixed-price contract for the execution of USS Decatur (DDG 73) fiscal 2019 extended dry-docking selected restricted availability (EDSRA). This availability will include a combination of maintenance, modernization and repair of USS Decatur. This is a Chief of Naval Operations scheduled EDSRA. The purpose is to maintain, modernize and repair USS Decatur. This is a “long-term” availability and was solicited on a coast-wide (West Coast) basis without limiting the place of performance to the vessel’s homeport. BAE…

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USS Decatur Returns From deployment

April 1, 2019 – USS Decatur (DDG 73) returned to San Diego April 1, following a deployment to the U.S. 7th Fleet and 5th Fleet areas of operation. “This deployment highlighted every capability that dynamic force employment provides,” said Cmdr. Bob Bowen, Decatur’s commanding officer. “We were successful on deployment, providing the fleet commanders with a well-trained and equipped surface combatant capable of executing any mission assigned.” Decatur participated in multiple exercises and operations while deployed, including conducting maritime security operations, and rendering assistance to seven distressed mariners in the…

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USS Mobile Bay Participates in Photo Exercise

December 18, 2018 – USS Mobile Bay participated in a photographic exercise in the Arabian Sea December 14th. Along with Mobile Bay, U.S. Naval assets participating in the exercise were the aircraft carrier USS John C. Stennis (CVN 74), the amphibious assault ship USS Essex (LHD 2), the guided-missile destroyer USS Decatur (DDG 73) and the 13th Marine Expeditionary Unit. “The goal of this evolution is to show that the Navy can bring forces together, anywhere in the world, at any time,” said Command Master Chief Nicholas Berryman, senior enlisted advisor…

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Stennis CSG and Essex ARG Conduct Integrated Operations in C5F

December 13, 2018 – The John C. Stennis Carrier Strike Group (CSG) and the Essex Amphibious Ready Group (ARG) commenced integrated operations in the Arabian Sea, Dec. 12. While steaming, USS John C. Stennis (CVN 74) and USS Essex (LHD 2) are supporting Operation Freedom’s Sentinel, providing armed support to deny terror safe haven in Afghanistan and enable the Afghan Security Forces to set conditions for a political solution. “Carrier strike groups and amphibious ready groups are inherently flexible maneuver forces, and these high-end integrated operations illustrate our commitment to…

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China’s Protest on USS Decatur Passage in International Waters

October 3, 2018 – China voiced strong dissatisfaction and firm opposition on Tuesday to a US warship’s intrusion into the waters of China’s islands and reefs in the South China Sea. Defense Ministry spokesman Wu Qian said on Tuesday the USS Decatur guided missile destroyer arbitrarily entered waters on Sunday off China’s islands and reefs in the South China Sea. He noted that a Chinese Navy vessel carried out identification and verification procedures in accordance with international law and warned the US vessel off. China has indisputable sovereignty over the…

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